Lapierre’s all-new Prorace CF carbon hardtail guarantees to combine race-ready stiffness, pedaling effectivity, and light-weight weight with the consolation you’d often solely count on out of a motorbike with some rear suspension. Utilizing the identical 3D Tubular seat cluster as on their street bikes for years, the brand new Prorace separates the XC bike’s seattube from the seatstays to isolate the rider from rear wheel impacts.
Hardtail efficiency, however with the “spirit of a softail“.
Lapierre Prorace light-weight carbon XC hardtail
The final era of Lapierre’s Prorace XC mountain bike already promised to combine carbon hardtail pace with softail consolation, however relied on a SAT elastomer. However now, due to improved carbon and extra engineered flex that has curiously been tailored from their Professional Tour street racing bikes, the brand new Prorace is as much as 225g lighter whereas additionally adapting to an evolution of extra technical cross-country using and racing.
What’s new – Tech particulars
The brand new carbon bike is all about being lighter, however its new 3D Tubular idea for the rear finish has additionally allowed for tuned vertical flexibility so riders can push more durable by rougher terrain with extra traction & far more consolation. It’s completely the identical idea on Lapierre’s Xelius & Aircode since 2015 – “dissociate the seatstays from the seat tube to enhance their flexibility over an extended size and disperse vibrations and different shocks by the highest tube as an alternative of on to the seat tube“.
It makes possibly much more sense on a light-weight XC hardtail as of late, dropping the heavier and extra difficult SAT elastomer of the earlier Prorace, due to the advantages of higher carbon & layup – however conserving the 27.2mm seatpost.
A brand new premium ‘very hi-mod’ UD SLI (Tremendous Mild Innovation) uncooked materials combine and a refined 300+ piece carbon layup over new polypropylene mandrels have boosted the Prorace’s stiffness:weight ratio. On the similar time, they’ve allowed Lapierre to shed weight, present extra rider consolation, and improve the responsiveness of the brand new XC body.
The Prorace truly will get two completely different carbon layups – simply the highest mannequin will get the lightest 845g UD SLI Group layup, whereas the remaining 4 bikes get a 970g UD SLI layup (uncooked measurement M frames, claimed). However even the extra base stage is “now the very best stage of Lapierre’s carbon vary”.
Up to date XCO Geometry
Lapierre offers the brand new 29er Prorace an entire geometry overhaul, catered extra in the direction of fashionable technical XCO racing, and dialed again to 4 inventory body sizes (S-XL).
The brand new setup options ~2cm longer Attain, 5-10mm decrease Stack, 1.5° slacker head angle, 1° steeper seat angles, and 8mm shorter chainstays. With a 68° headtube, 74° seattube & 420mm chainstays… the brand new Prorace doesn’t go overboard, as an alternative sticking with a contemporary XC race focus.
Lapierre Prorace CF – Pricing & choices
The brand new Lapierre Prorace CF is obtainable in 5 full bike builds – all spec’d with inflexible posts, however dropper appropriate. Solely the 6500€ Lapierre Prorace CF 9.9 will get the lightest UD SLI Group carbon body, mixed with a SRAM X01 Eagle AXS wi-fi drivetrain, a RockShox SID SL Final 100mm fork, and Lapierre carbon wheels.
The remaining 4 bikes all share the UD SLI layup, in an in any other case outwardly an identical body.
Lapierre Prorace CF 5.9 prices about 1/3 as a lot as the highest tier bike at 2300€, with a construct of SRAM SX Eagle, Degree brakes, a SR Suntour Raidon fork, and tubeless-ready alloy wheels.
At 2900€, the Prorace CF 6.9 steps as much as a SRAM NX/SX Eagle combine, Degree T brakes, and a RockShox SID Choose fork. The 7.9 at 3600€ will get a SRAM Xo1/GX Eagle mechanical combine, Degree TL brakes, a Fox 32SC Efficiency fork & DT X1900 alloy wheels. And the 4600€ Prorace CF 8.9 upgrades to full Shimano XT, a Fox 32 SC Manufacturing unit fork, and the identical Lapierre carbon wheels because the 9.9.